Asier Illarramendi signs six-year contract with Real Madrid

He joins fellow under-21 teammates Francisco "Isco" Alarcon and Daniel Carvajal as Madrid's reinforcements this offseason for new coach Carlo Ancelotti.

updated: July 13, 2013 18:34 IST
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Madrid: Holding midfielder Asier Illarramendi became Real Madrid's sixth most-expensive transfer in club history on Saturday after signing a six-year contract with the Spanish powerhouse.

Madrid paid Illarramendi's buyout clause of 32 million euros ($42 million) and another 6 million euros ($8 million) in taxes on Friday to secure his release from Real Sociedad, making the relatively unknown player the club's most costly Spanish acquisition.

Only Cristiano Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Kaka, Luis Figo and Ronaldo have cost Madrid more. And they were already stars before arriving in the Spanish capital, while Illarramendi has yet to score a goal in Spain's top flight.

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